Being as physically gifted as Revis is one thing, to replicate his play on the field is another. As we can see from the table above, not only was PS2’s rookie season comparable to Revis Island’s, in a lot of the coverage metrics, he actually was better.
Some context is very important here before any overreactions are made. As a rookie, Revis played over 100 more snaps than PS2. Furthermore, he was playing in 2007, a much less passing oriented era. While the coverage stats favor PS2 fairly heavily. Revis was a beast against the run, finishing his rookie campaign with 72 tackles with an incredible 6.9% missed tackle rate. For comparison, PS2 finished the year with 49 tackles and a missed tackle rate of 12.7%.
Now we can overreact. In an era where QB’s and the passing game are favored more than ever, in a division with the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, Patrick Surtain finished his rookie campaign giving up a lower completion percentage, yards per reception, and passer rating (while also surrendering less touchdowns and catching more interceptions) than the inimitable Darrelle Revis.
In 2009, two years after his rookie campaign, Revis put together one of the greatest seasons ever by a Corner. Don’t be surprised if that’s what we see out of Surtain in the very near future.
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